Types of Giftedness
First, it's important to understand that giftedness is not just a matter of academic achievement.
Thus, even if your child isn't an academic whiz, he may be gifted in other areas. While schools are most likely to be interested in intellectual and academic giftedness, parents should be supportive of their child's creative, artistic, or other gifts. These may become increasingly important as your child moves into higher grades or starts a career.
Tests for Giftedness
While "quick tests" (like the one below) may provide you with insights into your child's abilities, they aren't true tests for giftedness. Once a child has been identified as possibly gifted, she will go through a variety of carefully developed, benchmarked tests to determine whether and to what degree she is truly above average. Some of these tests may include:
- Standard IQ tests
- Non-verbal IQ tests
- Achievement tests
Results of these tests, administered by trained professionals, provide schools with the information they need to place, educate, and challenge your child.
Checklist of Traits of Gifted Children
Gifted children don't always behave in the ways you'd expect. For example, many gifted children appear to be "daydreaming" in class, while others may have a hard time controlling their tempers. As a result, they may not be classroom stars; in fact, they may be in trouble more often than not!
- Talk a blue streak, using an unusually high vocabulary
- Ask a lot of questions
- Appear unusually sensitive to injustice or unkindness
- Wear you out with her endless questions
- Exhaust you with his seemingly boundless energy
- Get frustrated because her work is less than perfect
- Get totally absorbed in activities and thoughts
- Prefer to work independently rather than in a group
- Find it difficult (or undesirable) to conform to others' expectations
- Have an unusual level of interest in classifying and organizing objects or ideas
I Think My Child Is Gifted; Now What?
If the above checklist describes your child, you may want to consider having him screened or tested for giftedness.